The president's comments reportedly came in response to a California official's remarks on MS-13 gang members. Patty Murray, and Amos Snead, former press secretary to House Republican Whip Roy Blunt.
Supervisor Kristin Gaspar and Escondido Mayor Sam Abed joined more than a dozen other California officials at the White House on Wednesday to tout their opposition to California's sanctuary laws. "You've gone through a lot, too, although it's become quite popular what you do".
Trump on Wednesday met with local California leaders who oppose the state's refusal to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.
He has often conflated the gang with immigrants in general. There's no place in the world that has laws like we do, " the president said during a one-hour roundtable.
A Republican official told Politico ahead of the meeting that it was "a show of force". The roundtable featured state and federal officials who oppose the policies protecting immigrants living in the USA illegally.
The federal anti-gambling law is unconstitutional because "it unequivocally dictates what a state legislature may and may not do", Justice Samuel Alito wrote in his majority opinion.
The Californians invited to the White House, however, are on the president's side.
"The state of California's attempts to nullify federal law have sparked a rebellion by patriotic citizens who want their families protected and their borders secured", Trump said.
"I think the resistance that started in the Democratic Party, this is your Republican resistance, right here", Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez told Trump.
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"The concept (of sanctuary laws) that we are even talking about is so ridiculous, " the president said.
On Tuesday, the San Diego City Council broke with the county and voted to support California's sanctuary laws.
Trump assured Edgar that "we're with you 100 percent" and said "if it's at all possible" he would like to help the city fight the lawsuit.
In lawsuits challenging the administration, cities argue that turning local police authorities into immigration officers erodes trust with minority communities and discourages residents from reporting crime. The Department of Justice had said in the wake of the raid that it was investigating.
"I mean, you talk about obstruction of justice, I would recommend that you look into obstruction of justice for the mayor of Oakland, California, Jeff", Trump said to Sessions who didn't respond.
Trump has been a frequent critic of both Schaaf and Gov.
California's Governor, Jerry Brown, was quick to repudiate the meeting on social media.
"My Administration stands in solidarity with the courageous citizens in Orange County defending their rights against California's illegal and unconstitutional Sanctuary policies", he tweeted.
The gun law decision split the court's conservatives and liberals in 1997, in keeping with conservatives' complaints about the federal government's overreach and the importance of states' rights.